Beecroft Rugby Club would like to announce that there has been a change this week in regards to training for Colts #1, Colts #2, 4th Grade and 5th Grade. You will be now training on Tuesday night at 6.30pm instead of Wednesday.

This Wednesday, Headen park will be used for a washed out game between Iggies vs Campbelltown first grade.

The game will kick off at 7.30pm and the bar and bbq will be open for business – so please come and watch.

BEECROFT Rugby Club were defeated by New Zealand Barbarians in a cliffhanger for the inaugural Under 85s Trans-Tasman Challenge.

The large crowd at Headon Park were treated to a display of Rugby at its best.

Beecroft, a suburban rugby newcomer, were expected to provide the New Zealand team with little more than a canter in the park.

For the full story from the Northern District Times, click here

SOME of New Zealand’s best amateur players will take on the Beecroft club at Headen Park, Thornleigh, on Friday night.

The touring New Zealand Middleweights team face Beecroft’s Whippets, who are their under-85kg equivalents and won the NSW Suburban title last year.

Beecroft president Howard Baynie said there was plenty of excitement about hosting the visitors.

“The strength of 85kg rugby in New Zealand is ahead in leaps and bounds of what it is in Australia,” he said.

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Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate


INTERNATIONAL rugby is coming to the northern district this Friday night, when the Kiwis arrive to test the mettle of Beecroft’s finest.

The match, between the all-conquering Beecroft Whippets Under-85kg side and the visiting New Zealand Barbarians, will be a showcase of “running rugby” at its best. Kick-off will be at 7pm.

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Northern District Times

Players please note the following details for the upcoming trials for the Beecroft Rugby Club against Colleagues and St Patrick’s.

Saturday March 21st
@ Headen Park
Players please be ready for a 11am kick-off 

Saturday March 28th
St Patrick’s
@ Headen Park
Players please be ready for a 11am kick-off

These are our only two trials before the season proper kick’s-off against Knox on Saturday April 4th.

In the lead up to next Friday March 20th match against the NZ “Middleweight’ Barbarians please note the following training schedule for the Beecroft Rugby Club.

Thursday 12th March – Training at Headen Park, 6.30pm. On rain, hail or shine – Boots and All!

Saturday 14th March – Training at Headen Park, 9.30am.

Wednesday 18th March – Training at Headen Park, 6.30pm ‘SHARP’

Just a quick note that this weekends trial versus Kings has been cancelled, which means that all those who have registered already and are entitled to a free night at the Epping Hotel this Friday night can have a larger one!

If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time –  you can still register.

Laptops will be available at training tonight (Headen Park) and at the Epping Hotel from 6pm Friday night.

Whippets no lightweights when they hit the field.  SUBURBAN Rugby Union’s all-conquering Beecroft Whippets Under 85kg team will take on the touring New Zealand National Middleweights in a trans-Tasman showdown here on Friday, March 20.

The match will be under lights at the Whippets’ Headen Park, Thornleigh, home ground.

Beecroft Rugby Club president Howard Baynie views the contest as a kick-start to the 2009 rugby season.

“With both teams at full strength and with big local support as well as expatriate Kiwis it should be a great event,” he said.

Securing the fixture reflects the international reputation the Beecroft side has built within the NSW Suburban Rugby structure.

“The touring side actually sought to play us as reigning champions of the ‘lightweight’ division,” Beecroft coaching director Steve Broughton-Rouse said.

Rugby aficionados regard the Under 85kg as their code “at its old-fashioned best”.

Headen Park is at Sinclair Avenue, Thornleigh.

Kick-off will be at 6.30pm

Northern District Times. 5th March

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Working Bee, Headen Park 8am. Saturday March 7th

Registration Night, ELV Seminar, Waratahs v Brumbies, Epping Hotel 6pm. Friday March 13th

Trial versus Kings, TBC. Saturday March 14th

Beecroft Rugby Club Under 85kg Whippets versus NZ Barbarian Middleweights,  Headen Park 6.30pm. Friday March 20th

Trial versus Colleagues, Headen Park. Saturday March 21st

Trial versus St Patrick’s, Headen Park. Saturday March 28th

Season Launch/Grading Day, Epping Hotel 2pm. Sunday March 29th

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A word from el Presidente

Players, Coaches, Sponsors, Supporters, Friends and Family,

Firstly, as your new President, I wish to say from the outset bring on 2009, it promises to be full of laugh’s and winning Rugby.

For those players and supporters I am yet to get to know personally I am sure 2009 will give us ample opportunity to do so but to give you an insight into my background and history with Beecroft I thought I might share a snap shot of it with you. I commenced playing with the mighty Croft at age 14 under the tutelage of Steve Broughton Rouse. 16 years ago and we are both still here. Over the last 4 years I have been on the Beecroft Rugby Committee in many capacities. I do not take this role lightly nor do I enter it green. Hence I have surrounded myself with the right people to assist me in taking this club to an even higher level.

I also wish to thank Dylan Schofield for his commitment, passion and enthusiasm he has shown the club over the years and wish him well on his travels.

Steve Broughton Rouse has confirmed he will be back steering first grade in 2009 and club coach and on behalf of the Club, Steve we thank you for this ongoing support, time and effort you give to the younger generations within the local community in shaping not only our Rugby but our lives outside of Rugby.

Formally your Beecroft Committee is as follows:

Vice President and Sponsorship Chairman – Kieran O’Connor | 0404 056 089 

Treasurer – Gregg Levett | 0418 449 905

Secretary – Scott Cumming | 0423 512 028 

A special note too also mention Mayor for Hornsby, Nick Berman, has agreed to be Club Patron in 2009 – So his support and insight will be invaluable.

Also other members of this committee with dedicated roles are:
Tom Kennedy, David “Manchild” Hayes, David Levett, Peter “Pastel” May, Peter Kelly, Dean “B00bs” Berkhout, Ben “Fred” Usher and Johnny Ryan.

We still have roles to fill so if you would like to support please speak to either of your committee members, we are especially looking for some Colts and women to get onboard.

We are looking for financial sponsors and volunteers to lighten the work load so if you know anyone or are keen to assist let me know. It cost around $75000 to keep Beecroft firing a year.

Our next committee meeting is January 12th, if you wish to have anything added to the minutes please contact us.

It is only 4.5 weeks away before your lungs start burning and lactic acid builds up in those legs. From now until our first training run on January 28th I encourage you to start some form of training as the ELV’s this year will change the way Rugby is played at a subbies level meaning fitness and recovery times are crucial to winning on a Saturday. AND DON’T FORGET TO RECRUIT YOUR MATES !!!!

On a final note I and the Committee wish you and your families a merry Xmas and festive new year. Please stay safe and drink responsibly.

Feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss anything at all or have any sponsorship leads.

I look forward to sharing 2009 with you.

Yours in Rugby,

Howard Baynie